Unique ca 1943 WWII USAAF 548th Bomb Sq., 385th B.G., 8th A. F. Jacket Patch, Owned by Lt A Anderson
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Unique ca 1943 WWII USAAF 548th Bomb Sq., 385th B.G., 8th A. F. Jacket Patch, Owned by Lt A Anderson

Code: afsq20813aka

$1,175.00


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ARTIFACT:

This is a Unique ca 1943 WWII USAAF 548th Bomb Sq., 385th B.G., 8th A. F. Jacket Patch, Originally Owned by Lt. Arlis Anderson KIA.
This poignant patch from early in the unit's existence was owned by the 1st. Lt. who's name is around the outside. 

He died on the 9th day the squadron was operational:
1st Lieutenant Arlis K. Anderson
MILITARY | LIEUTENANT | NAVIGATOR | 385TH BOMB GROUP
Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #425895. Killed in Action (KIA).

Technical Sergeant Warren J. Dinardi was shot down with Anderson, but survived as a POW:
MILITARY | TECHNICAL SERGEANT | RADIO OPERATOR | 385TH BOMB GROUP
Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #425895. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

1st Lieutenant Jackson Mills was also shot down with Anderson, but survived as a POW:
MILITARY | LIEUTENANT | BOMBARDIER | 385TH BOMB GROUP
Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #425895. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

Technical Sergeant Alvin A. Wrobel was also shot down with Anderson, but survived as a POW:
MILITARY | SERGEANT | TOP TURRET GUNNER | 385TH BOMB GROUP
Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #425895. Prisoner of War (POW). POW

The above crew were all on board B-17 #425895, nicknamed The Souse Family, which was transferred from the 548th BS to the 551st. Apparently crews and personnel were also shared between squadrons as the 385th settled itself in, this only the 9th day of overseas operations. And the last for the above crew members. 

Sgt. Parker F. Crabtree, Assistant Flight Engineer, was KIA by August 1943:
MILITARY | STAFF SERGEANT | WAIST GUNNER | 385TH BOMB GROUP
Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #425886 'The Jolly Roger. ' Killed in Action (KIA). 
Crabtree's name is recorded on the Tablets of the Missing at Henri-Chapelle American Cemetery.

Hayes, Jerdy, Martin, Waldner apparently survived the war without incident. 

Patch was silk-screeen printed on canvas, possibly UK made, but more likely US made. 

Copyright L. S. at bottom is for Leon Schlesinger, the creator of Bugs Bunny.

VINTAGE: Circa WWII.

SIZE: Approximately 5-1/8" in width x 5-1/4 in height"

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Silk-screeen printed on canvas.

ATTACHMENT: Hand writting on the back.

MARKINGS: N/A

ITEM NOTES: This is from a United State Army Air Force collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. MBEJX08 LAAGEX08/13/20

CONDITION: 6+ (Fine+ ): The patch shows lost some detail on bunny's face and ears. Overall this is Unique & Special patch.


GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.